Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2009

Project Panda (Adventures of Riley)

Riley's Uncle Max is a research scientist who travels the world studying endangered species. Luckily, he likes to take his nephew along. This time, Riley hops a plane to China to help track a missing panda. This wonderful series, created by the Smithsonian Institute and the World Wildlife Federation, is packed with facts from real scientists. Cute cartoon illustrations sit atop beautiful wildlife photos. A fun way to spark an interest in animals and geography, and a bridge between fiction and non-fiction. (Scholastic, $6.99)